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Global Change - Physical Processes part of Using an Earth System Approach:Earth System Science in a Nutshell:Example Courses
ENVIRON/NRE/BIOLOGY/GEOG 110 and AOSS/GEOSCI/ENSCEN 171 This is the first semester of an interdisciplinary three semester introductory course sequence that investigates the causes and potential impacts of global ...

Course Type: Entry Level: Entry Level:Global Change
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Earth History part of Earth History Approach:Examples
This Earth history class is intended for non-geoscience majors and follows a chronological structure, starting with the Big Bang and finishing in the anthropogenic period. Abridged from the syllabus: This course is ...

Course Type: Entry Level: Entry Level:Global Change, Earth Science
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History of Geology part of Earth History Approach:Examples
This is a history-of-geology course that includes a great deal of Earth history material. From the syllabus: The historical development of geology as a scientific discipline from ancient civilizations to the modern ...

Course Type: Entry Level: Entry Level:Earth Science
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The Scientific Method and the Paradox of Controversy part of Earth History Approach:Examples
This course is an excellent example of Earth history taught from the perspective of the history of geology. Not only does it teach some of the most important concepts in geology, but it also teaches the students ...

Course Type: Entry Level: Entry Level:Earth Science
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Processes and Concepts of Geology part of Earth History Approach:Examples
This is an example of a physical-historical geology course, an excellent vehicle for teaching plate tectonics. From the syllabus: This course begins with an introduction to basic Earth materials and analyses of ...

Course Type: Entry Level: Entry Level:Earth Science
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Global Climate Change part of Earth History Approach:Examples
This interdisciplinary courses focuses on how and why Earth's climate has changed thoughout its history and how it is likely to change in the near future. It draws from geology, chemistry, meteorology, ...

Course Type: Entry Level: Entry Level:Global Change, Entry Level
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Biogeography part of Earth History Approach:Examples
This geography course is an example of an Earth history course which stresses not only evolution, but evolutionary forces like migration, and the role they have played in shaping modern animal and plant ...

Course Type: Entry Level: Entry Level:Physical Geography
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Historical Geology part of Earth History Approach:Examples
This introductory online historical geology class teaches basic scientific principles like evolution and plate tectonics, then reviews Earth history from the Precambrian to the present day. The readings are online ...

Course Type: Entry Level: Entry Level:Earth Science
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Wonderful Life part of Earth History Approach:Examples
This course uses the Ediacaran fauna as a focus to teach about evolution, the nature of science, and how to write well. The students start off reading "Wonderful Life" (Gould, 1989 ), which deals with ...

Course Type: Entry Level: Entry Level:Extinction/Evolution
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Modeling for Environmental Risk Assessment part of Using an Earth System Approach:Earth System Science in a Nutshell:Example Courses
Mathematical methods for environmental risk assessment, including exposure assessment and exposure-response assessment, are developed and applied.

Course Type: Entry Level: Entry Level:Environmental Geology
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